Almost a year ago, the soul gawd D’angelo fought back his demons and blessed us with his surprise long-awaited album ‘Black Messiah.’ Some loved it. Others though it was meh. To each her or his own. I happen to be part of the former. Track nine “Betray My Heart” really spoke to me. The lyrics, “I will never betray my heart,” became my mantra as I entered 2015. I am still repeating those words as I navigate my life into 2016.
I’ve been keeping my moves next year offline. But those who are close to me know about them to an extent. I will reveal in detail once everything is finalized.
When thinking about the next chapter of my life, there isn’t a bone in my body that doesn’t shake. There is really no blueprint and I think that’s what makes it most scary. But if it doesn’t get you a little shook, then is it really worth it? This is something that was placed inside of my heart. God told me, “Hey you! You not living up to your potential, here’s an assignment for you.”
And there’s this thing my heart does. It keeps nagging me. It keeps pulling at me. My heart won’t leave me alone until I start ACTING. And it stops me from being complacent for too long. I know that one day I will be able to speak on how these pieces came to me.
We live in a time when the resources and possibilities are endless thanks to the internet. As a young creative, I am blessed to have the world at the palm of my hands. Much of what is tradition is no longer. And I embrace that. But some of these changes in my field, blow my mind. And they are not conducive to helping any writer or journalist grow in their craft in the way they once did. The art of it has diminished as information speeds up.
But it also leaves a challenge that intrigues me. It’s like staring at fire. The things that once were, are slowing burning away, but I’m hypnotized by the flames and the idea of seeking new ways of doing this. It’s frustrating and fun. But my heart won’t let me be a punk about it. My journey next year will embody this. It will be me challenging what currently is.
I know that the next 12 months will truly reveal who is for me and who has never been for me. At this point, it doesn’t matter what people think. People will always have something to say. I’m more concerned with those who get it and want something real and raw. Something that represents them and amplifies their voice. I can do it. But most importantly, I don’t want to let down my biggest cheerleader. I don’t want anything or anyone to get between her and I.
I won’t betray my heart. I won’t.
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